Tire-toé une bûche,
This was the lay of the land when I took refuge with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in 1981.
“In 1980, the Chinese government initiated reforms reportedly designed to grant Tibet a greater degree of self-rule and self-administration. Tibetans would now be allowed to cultivate private plots, sell their harvest surpluses, decide for themselves what crops to grow, and keep yaks and sheep. Communication with the outside world was again permitted, and frontier controls were eased to permit some Tibetans to visit exiled relatives in India and Nepal. By the 1980s many of the principal lamas had begun to shuttle back and forth between China and the exile communities abroad, “restoring their monasteries in Tibet and helping to revitalize Buddhism there.”
By June 3-4 1989, Tiananmen Square, my guru was on the wrong side of history as far as I was concerned.
Rinpoche from this point forward became a Chinese activive measure against us his disciples.
It was a new regime for us here in Chicago, forget about our Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.
Ten years later Rinpoche apologized for his miscalculation, Karme Ling was a mistake.
To a person we refused to accept that Marvin and Colleen were lamas as far as we were concerned.
On December 9, 1999 in a clandestine operation funded by Chen Li-an the 17th Karmapa “escaped” to India.
Thus we again mattered to Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, for the purchase of real estate on the 17th Karmapa.
As it turns out, as in Tibet’s Shangri-la, real estate became the coin of the 17th Karmapa’s realm.
And so on.
It is worth noting none of this had any impact upon my relationship with Rinpoche in terms of my practice, the result baked in long before he became the man he is today at 93 years, all that followed being but an example of guru yoga, par for the course in Tibetan Buddhism with Western characteristics.
L’affaire est ketchup !